Today I’m excited to be the last stop on the Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour!
Let’s take a look at the book!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Things I’m Seeing Without You
Author: Peter Bognanni
Pub. Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.
Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.
Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.
Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?
As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.
Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, in the vein of Six Feet Under and I’ll Give You the Sun, Things I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.
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With 13 Reasons Why bringing to the forefront teen suicide, this book comes out at the right time to bring further reading of such a serious subject matter…teen suicide.
Tess is in grief and barely functionable after finding out the boy she fell in love with died by suicide. She drops out of high school and goes to stay with her Dad. She sets out on a journey to discover who he really was and in her own grief help others cope with their own grief.
The subject is so touchy and emotional I usually tend to stay away from such books that could bring me down. But this book sucked me in and I wanted to know more about Jonah and how Tess would cope. It was heart wrenching to see her maneuver through her grief and try to regain her life. The book was emotional, deep but also there were rays of light with Tess interaction with other characters.
As the book progressed you find out more about Jonah and it helps the reader and Tess understood him in the end. This was an emotional read with just enough wit to tone down the seriousness. The author does a great job at keeping the pace and moving the reader right along with Tess.
Should you read it? Yes! If you liked 13 Reasons Why then you will want to read this book.
I received an ARC from the publisher and all views expressed are my own.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film. He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.